World Saudi-led coalition bombs pro-Saleh camp in Central Yemen

Saudi-led coalition bombs pro-Saleh camp in Central Yemen

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, as they chant slogans during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president.
Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, as they chant slogans during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president.

(AA) – Saudi-led coalition warplanes on Tuesday struck a key military camp for forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and allied Houthi militant group in central Yemen’s Al-Bayda province, a Yemeni military source said.

The source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency that the Saudi-led coalition has bombed Al-Magd camp in Al-Bayda’s Mekiras district.

Earlier on Tuesday, armed tribesmen seized a military site and a security checkpoint belonging to the Houthis in the central Ibb province, according to a local official.

The official has said that the seizure came following intermittent clashes between the tribesmen and Houthi militants in Ibb’s Al-Makhader district.

It was not immediately clear whether the incidents in Ibb had left casualties on either side.

Since March 25, Houthi positions have been subject to frequent attacks by warplanes from countries participating in the Saudi-led campaign.

Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

Riyadh says the campaign is in response to appeals by embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi – currently in Saudi Arabia – to “save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi militias.”

The Houthis, for their part, have decried the offensive, describing it as unwarranted “Saudi-American aggression.”

Some Gulf States accuse Shiite Iran of supporting Yemen’s Houthi insurgency.

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